“A kind of slow-motion gymnast… like a confused octopus.”
Studio International on Matthias Sperling’s work in Table of Contents at ICA

“…an aloof ice queen”
Londondance.com on Matthias Sperling in Pablo Bronstein’s Birth of Venus at ICA

“…a cross between a horrible pornography and Stars in Their Eyes”
audience member’s comment on This is it, quoted in Cloud Dance review

Do Not Be Afraid_Photo by Neil Wissink

May 2018

This month, I’ll be presenting a new iteration of my solo installation Loop Atlas, first commissioned and performed last year as part of the Siobhan Davies Dance group show material/ rearranged/ to/ be. A new video installation version, Loop Atlas IV, will be shown in Leicester at De Montfort University’s The Gallery from May 19 - June 3. To accompany this, I’ll also present a live performance of Loop Atlas II at The Gallery on May 19 from 3pm - 5pm.

I also look forward to Amerikanische Lieder, a new collaboration with visual artist Bernardo Ortiz in which musician Shelley Parker, choreographers Pepa Ubera, Sara Ruddock and I will work from intricate digital drawings made by Bernardo to develop performative responses. We will present a work-in-progress sharing at Siobhan Davies Studios on May 12.

Recently, I presented my science-fiction performance-lecture Now That We Know at Weld in Stockholm, following on from my residency with Weld Company last year.

Since October 2017, I’m excited to have begun a practice-based PhD that brings new kinds of support to my choreographic practice for 3 years. Thanks to AHRC funding from Midlands3Cities and partnership support from Dance4 and Siobhan Davies Dance, my PhD will be based at De Montfort University in Leicester.

Finally, I’m delighted to announce that the first results of my 2-year science research collaboration have been published in the form of two co-authored scientific papers: Joint Action Aesthetics (in the journal PLOS ONE) and The Choreography of Group Affiliation (in Topics in Cognitive Science). This collaboration with co-investigators including cognitive scientist and dancer Guido Orgs (Goldsmiths) explored the links between synchronous movement, group co-operation and the performing arts. I created the choreographic work Group Study through and for this research process. Read the press release for the first paper here.

Thanks for visiting and warm wishes,

Matthias